It is no doubt a good thing that we hear of scientific fraud, academic plagiarism and medical malpractice in the name of research, but we would do well to remember that these are just sophisticated names for the eternal crimes of theft and assault. Can we really hope for better science if we can’t hope for better people?
I’m leery about the whole idea of “science communication”. While science communicators generally present themselves as educators, a lot of science communication is at least as much concerned with fostering favourable public attitudes to the quite particular private interests of professional scientists who want more funding for certain types of research, of political organisations who…
The Science Media Centre has been accused of using science as a front for public relations campaigns in the service of political and corporate interests. Is such criticism fair?
The process of becoming a scientist involves not only the accumulation of specialist knowledge and technical skills, but also induction into a scientistic culture.